Editorial Team


Anne-Marie Laslett, Ph.D., Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, Australia. Dr Anne-Marie Laslett is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research , La Trobe University conducting research on alcohol’s harms to others, particularly the effects of men’s drinking on women and children. She directs the Range and Magnitude of Alcohol’s Harm to Others project at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University. For twenty years she has undertaken alcohol and other drug research, focusing latterly on alcohol’s harms to children and families. She originally graduated as a dentist, and then undertook Masters Degrees in Oral Epidemiology and Public Health and a PhD in population and global health.

Neo Morojele, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Professor Neo Morojele is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. She also serves as a Consultant to the South African Medical Research Council and is an Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand and the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town Her research focuses on alcohol and HIV, the treatment gap for people with substance use disorders in South Africa, and alcohol policy.

Senior Editor for International Support

Kathryn Graham, Ph.D., Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada

Senior Editors

Surasak Chaiyasong, Ph.D., Mahasarakham University Faculty of Pharmacy, Thailand. Surasak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Administrative Pharmacy at Mahasarakham University (MSU). He is also a Senior Researcher at the International Health Policy Program (IHPP), Ministry of Public Health of Thailand. He has experience in alcohol policy research and development at local, national and regional levels. His work has been funded by the Center for Alcohol Studies and Thai Health Promotion Foundation, including the International Alcohol Control Policy (IAC) study and the WHO-ThaiHealth project to support for alcohol policy development in LMICs.

Christina Chambers, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, United States. Dr Christina Chambers is employed full-time by the University of California San Diego where she is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics with joint appointments in Family and Preventive Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She directs the California Pregnancy Risk Information Line, and directs a North American research center located at the University of California focused on the safety of medications and vaccines in pregnancy. Her work and travel are funded by NIAAA, NIGMS, AHRQ, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the State of California, and several pharmaceutical companies.

Jason Ferris, Ph.D. is a Professor and alcohol and drug epidemiologist and biostatistician with 20 years of public health research experience. He leads the Global Substance Use and Mental Health Unit and is the Director of the Research and Statistical Support Service (RASSS) in the Faculty of Medicine. University of Queensland. His extensive research portfolio, at the intersection of Substance Use and Mental Health, represents his efforts to increase public understanding of the harmful impacts of substances on mental and physical health. Involved in more than 40 funded research projects (over $50M) as a chief investigator, he is also the Chief Biostatistician for the Global Drug Survey since 2013. In 2022, the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, recognised his commitment to research practice and data governance receiving the Innovators Excellence Award. 2020, The University of Queensland recognised his contributions to his research field: In 2021, his service received a Service Excellence Award and, given his commitment to substance use research, he was awarded and Academic Leader of the Future Award, and in 2019 The Outstanding Mid-Career Researcher within the Centre for Health Services.

Heng (Jason) Jiang, Ph.D., Department of Public Health and the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia. Dr Jiang is a is a Health Economist and Senior Research Fellow at Department of Public Health and the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University. He conducts quantitative and economic analyses in relation to the harmful use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, with particular research interest on estimating impacts of policy or program interventions on alcohol, tobacco and drug use, and related social and health issues. His research also covers links between health risk factors, and non-communicable diseases and injuries.

Sandra Kuntsche, Ph.D., Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), School of Psychology & Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia. Dr Sandra Kuntsche is a Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University in Melbourne and Director of Research for the School of Psychology and Public Health of La Trobe University, Melbourne. Sandra has more than 20 years of experience in alcohol research and is one of the leading researchers worldwide on the impact of social roles on alcohol use. She has repeatedly evaluated health promotion and prevention programs in the past and is currently working on developing a prevention program for middle-aged women in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). A central topic of her recent work is the impact parents have on the alcohol cognitions of their children as well as what role alcohol plays in the work-life balance of parents. She graduated in Psychology and obtained her PhD from the University of Maastricht in Health Sciences.

Florian Labhart, Ph.D., Addiction Switzerland, Lausanne, Switzerland. Florian Labhart is a project leader at the research department of Addiction Switzerland, in Lausanne, Switzerland. His research interests focus mainly on the social epidemiology of alcohol and other substance use. They include the identification of contextual determinants of risky alcohol use, the development of data collection methods to collect event-level data on drinking behaviours, the monitoring of opioid agonist (substitution) treatments, the analysis of population-based survey, as well as the living conditions of populations suffering from addiction.

Dr Rachel O'Donnell, Institute for Social Marketing and Health, University of Stirling, Scotland. Dr Rachel O’Donnell is a Research Fellow with over 15 years’ experience of conducting qualitative research. Her current areas of research interest including alcohol licensing, alcohol availability, no- and low-alcohol products and the evaluation of alcohol policies. Rachel also has longstanding experience of working in tobacco control, developing and evaluating health behaviour change interventions to reduce parental smoking in the home. She also has expertise in working with seldom heard groups (including prison populations and traveller groups) and incorporating patient and public involvement into the design and conduct of alcohol and tobacco-related research.

Sebastián Peña, M.D., Ph.D., Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland. Dr Peña is a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Senior Member of the Chilean Millennium Nucleus for the Evaluation and Analysis of Drug Policies and Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile. He is a Chilean medical doctor and epidemiologist, interested in alcohol and tobacco epidemiology, health equity, and the characterization and evaluation of health policies. Dr Peña received the 2021 Väinö Kannisto Award by the Family Federation of Finland and was awarded Young Epidemiologist of the Year 2021 by the Finnish Epidemiology Society for his doctoral research.

Ilana Pinsky, Ph.D., Mental Health and Substance Use, Pan American Health Organization. Dr. Ilana Pinsky is a consultant at the Mental Health and Substance Use, Pan American Health Organization. She is also a visiting scholar at the Center of Alcohol and Drug Studies at Rutgers University. Ilana is a clinical psychologist, originally from Brazil, where she held positions at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her research interests focus especially on alcohol policies, including alcohol marketing and commercial determinants of health.

Dr Girish N Rao, Professor of Epidemiology, Centre for Public Health, NIMHANS, Bangalore is a medical graduate with a postgraduate degree in Community Medicine and is trained in epidemiological methods. He has been associated with nearly 60 research projects at NIMHANS inthe past decade. The key areas of research have been geriatric mental health, maternal mental health, alcohol epidemiology, health economics and community mental health. The focus has been on health systems with a public health perspective leading on to operational and translational research. Dr Rao handles the Public Health Management and Administration and Mental Neurological and Substance Use Disorders Module for the Masters in Public Health Course at NIMHANS. He was the co-investigator for the India component of the World Mental Health Survey – Bangalore study, the Burden of Headache disorders in India study, and the harms to Others from Alcohol use (India Country study – Phase 1 and 2), Socioeconomic impact of alcohol, Patterns and Consequences of Alcohol Misuse in India, Bangalore Injury / Road traffic Injury Surveillance programme. He is currently the Co-Principal Investigator for three large scale research endeavours of eminence in the country, the National Mental Health Survey, the second largest survey globally on mental health and two longitudinal cohort studies on Dementia.

Monica Swahn, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Health Promotion and Physical Education in the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw State University in the USA. She is trained as a psychiatric/alcohol epidemiologist and her main research interests pertain to health risk behaviors and disparities, focusing on the structural drivers and social determinants of alcohol use, violence and HIV/AIDS. She is committed to strengthening research and capacity building for alcohol prevention and mental health care in low-resource settings.  

Ilona Tamutienė, Ph.D., Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, University of Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. Dr Ilona Tamutienė is a Professor and Senior Researcher in the Department of Public Administration at the Vytautas Magnus University. She is conducting research on alcohol’s harms to others, alcohol policy, and institutional response to a problem of harm, especially to children.  

Samantha Wells, Ph.D., Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Canada. Dr Samantha Wells is a Senior Scientist and Senior Director of the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also an Associate Professor in the Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University in Australia.

Dr. Jinhui Zhao received his medical degree from Harbin Medical University, China, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Demography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, a MSc degree in Epidemiology and Diploma in Addiction Studies from the University of Toronto and his PhD in Community Health and Epidemiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He is currently working as scientist at the University of Victoria Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His research interests include epidemiology and statistics of substance use (alcohol, cigarette, illicit drugs and gambling).


Manuscript Manager

Christine Buchanan, South Africa. Christine has a Master's degree in Research Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and is a registered Neuropsychologist. Her interest is in chronic diseases and helping people who are living with a chronic condition. She is a member of the British Psychological Society, Division of Neuropsychology, and an associate member of the South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association. Christine has had many years experience in editing neuropsychological assessment reports, as well as academic dissertations and theses, and has a qualification in editing from the University of Cape Town. She is based in Cape Town, South Africa.


Elin K. Bye, Ph D., Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway. Dr Elin K. Bye is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo. She has 20 years of experience in alcohol research, and past research, and current interests include studies of trends in alcohol, tobacco and drug use among adolescents in the general population, and associations between substance use and various consequences both at the aggregate and individual level. Dr Bye is currently also involved in several comparative projects: “The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD)”, “Twenty years later: Explanations and consequences of the decline in adolescents’ drinking in the Nordic countries (NOS-HS)”  and “Nordic Adolescents and the New Nicotine Market (NADNIC)”.

Editorial Advisory Board

Jürgen Rehm, Ph.D., Advisory Board Chair, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada. Dr Jürgen Rehm is Senior Scientist in the IUnstitute for Mental Health Policy Research and in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at CAMH. He is Professor and was the Inaugural Chair of Addiction Policy in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and he also holds professorships and positions in Germany, Spain and Russia (currently inactive). 

Thomas F. Babor, Ph.D., MPH, Professor, Physicians Health Services Chair in Community Medicine & Public Health, University of Connecticut Health Centre, United States. Professor Babor is a Professor Emeritus and former Chairman in the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, USA.  His academic training is in social psychology, addiction science and psychiatric epidemiology.  His research interests include screening, diagnosis, early intervention, and treatment evaluation, as well as alcohol and drug policy. He has worked with the World Health Organization on the development of Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) and the Alcohol, Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, and the co-author of Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity (2022) and Drug Policy and the Public Good. (2018).  He is currently the Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Addiction Science, which provides advanced training to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in alcohol and drug research.

Charles Parry, Ph.D., South African Medical Research Council, South Africa. Professor Charles Parry is the director of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. He is a Clinical and Research Psychologist and an extraordinary professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University. He was trained in South Africa and the USA in clinical and community psychology and mathematical statistics. His current research centres on alcohol and drug epidemiology, burden of disease and policy; alcohol use and HIV/TB treatment; and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Since 2006 he has been a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems and in 2010 was appointed to board of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance. Since 2015 he has been a member of the UN Office on Drugs & Crime’s World Drug Report Scientific Advisory Committee and in 2020 he was invited to join the International Advisory Board for the Shaping Public Health Policies to Reduce Inequalities and Harm Consortium, SPECTRUM.

Kerstin Stenius, Ph.D., National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, Finland and Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD) Sweden

Nazarius Tumwesigye, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Bio-statistics at Makerere University, Uganda

Robin Room, Ph.D.,  Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), LaTrobe University, Australia. Professor Room is a sociologist who has directed research centres in the USA, Canada, Sweden and Australia, studying social and cultural aspects of alcohol, other drugs and gambling behaviour, harms from these to the user and to others, and policies and other social responses. He is currently a Professor at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and a Professor at the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Department of Public Health Sciences, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.

Sarah Callinan, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), LaTrobe University, Australia. Dr Sarah Callinan is a Senior Research fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University, Australia. She was an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow who focusses on quantitative survey research on alcohol and drinking in the home. 

Guilherme Borges, Ph.D., Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatria, Mexico City, Mexico. Guilherme Borges is a Psychologist and Epidemiologist, a senior researcher in Medical Sciences at the Ramón de la Fuente National Institute of Psychiatry and an Emeritus Researcher at the National System of Researchers in Mexico. Dr. Borges served as a member of the substance use disorders chapter for the DSM-5 and in the DSM-5-TR Cross-Cutting Culture Review Group of the American Psychiatric Association, participated in the ICD-11 Working Group on Cultural Considerations (WHO), he is a member of the Expert Group on Alcohol, Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors (GBD) and member of the Reference Group on the Epidemiology of Alcohol and Drugs of the World Health Organization (WHO). His areas of expertise are alcohol and drugs and how they relate to injury and suicide. Dr. Borges is also involved in research on psychiatric nosology, mental health, and immigration.

Sawitri Assanangkornchai, Ph.D., Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. Sawitri Assanangkornchai is a Professor of Psychiatry working in the Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. She is also the Director of Centre for Alcohol Studies, a national granting agency under the support of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, with a mission to promote research and policy development on alcohol control. Dr. Assanangkornchai’s research interests include epidemiological and clinical studies on alcohol- and substance-related problems, behavioural addiction and mental health problems. Dr. Assanangkornchai is currently the President of the Asia Pacific Society for Alcohol and Addiction Research (APSAAR). She was a member of the Workgroup on the Classification of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders for the ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders and the Technical Expert Group on Alcohol and Drug Epidemiology of the WHO.